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Fast food workers paid up to 15hr? thoughts?
by Anonymous
July 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM
The battle over a living wage in Washington, D.C., will become part of a national conversation on Monday when workers from several major fast food chains go on strike.

Employees at chains like McDonald's, KFC, Burger King and Papa John's in seven cities will call for a living wage. They want to raise pay rates to $15 an hour.

They call their movement "Fast Food Forward" and the strike could last through Thursday. It comes as the District and Walmart battle over a living wage.

The retail giant has threatened to hold off plans for some of its D.C. stores if the council approves a living wage increase.

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  • peanutsmommy1
    July 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM
    Idk what the answer is
    People are rifht, minimum wage is not enough to live on, but IDK how a business could afford to pay 15 an hour
  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    July 28, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    If you want a 'living wage' get a career. You can't take ever crap job that needs zero education and make them pay $15 plus an hour.

  • Amberleigh81
    July 28, 2013 at 9:28 AM
    In-n-Out pays their staff really well (in the late 90s, starting wage was $10+ an hour) and they make plenty of money! They have good staff, too!
  • Bitch.please
    July 28, 2013 at 9:28 AM
    Bingo, McDonald's is for kids in high school, not an adult with a family.


    Quoting Anonymous:

    If you want a 'living wage' get a career. You can't take ever crap job that needs zero education and make them pay $15 plus an hour.


  • LokisMama
    July 28, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    They just won't open any of their storefronts in that area, because gods forbid they have to pay their wage slaves enough to live off of. 


  • Crymsm
    by Crymsm
    July 28, 2013 at 9:30 AM
    Oye...reminds me when gatorade went on strike when I was working at a gas station. I think I was 19 at the time but for some reason I found it funny when people asked why we had no gatorad "oh a bunch of workers are on strike" lol lasted a few months I think...can't remember.
  • LitNut
    by LitNut
    July 28, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    I know In N Out pay their employees really well. Some of them are there for so long and start earning enough to live on. I think it would be great for workers who have been there long enough to earn that much. I wouldn't start a teenager looking for a summer job with pay that high, but maybe a single mom who needs the job to take care of her kid(s) and plans on being there as long as she can.

  • LokisMama
    July 28, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    And how do you propose people get these careers?  30-50k in student loan debt because you can't afford to pay for college because you're stuck working at minimum wage.  

    It's a circular argument.  You can't better yourself without getting into massive debt (And don't even both with an associates degree if that's where you're planning to stop, no one even looks at them anymore), and you can't afford to live without accumulating that massive debt.

    Quoting Anonymous:

    If you want a 'living wage' get a career. You can't take ever crap job that needs zero education and make them pay $15 plus an hour.


  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    July 28, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    that's not true..i've known many parents who had a successful McD's career with the corporation.. Key word: corporation....franchises don't pay shit

    and good McDs CEO can make a six figure salary


    Quoting Bitch.please:

    Bingo, McDonald's is for kids in high school, not an adult with a family.


    Quoting Anonymous:

    If you want a 'living wage' get a career. You can't take ever crap job that needs zero education and make them pay $15 plus an hour.




  • Val99
    by Val99
    July 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    If they wanted to make $15 an hour, they should have gone into a different profession.  

    I was in Copenhagen and popped into a McDonald's to get a diet coke.  I was stunned that the cost of a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder started at the equivalent of $10 in US dollars.  Would you take your family to McDonald's if a Happy Meal was $12?  A medium fry was $6?  My diet coke (small) was over $6.  

    This wasn't just the conversion rate.  It was the fact that employees were paid more so the product cost had to be higher.   Think about it.

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